Cuba’s patron saint to be honored at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena Sept. 8

Miami’s Cuban Catholic community is planning a huge celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the statue of Our Lady of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba, Luisa Yáñez reports for The Miami Herald.

The Archdiocese of Miami is inviting the public to attend a celebration on her day, Saturday, Sept. 8, at AmericanAirlines Arena in downtown Miami.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the departure by sea of the statute from her Coconut Grove shrine, known as La Ermita de la Caridad del Cobre.

The statute is scheduled to arrive at the arena at 5 p.m. A Mass at 6 p.m. will be led by Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. A concert will follow at 8:15 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are being accepted to cover the cost of renting the arena.

For more information, call Father Juan Rumin Dominquez at 305-854-2404.For the original report go to

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